The Daffodil Fact Sheet

Beloved Flower Lover,

One of the girls recalled her primary school teacher who was Welsh who would call every child ‘daffodil’ or ‘poppet’. We smiled and said, let’s create a daffodil fact sheet, so here it is:

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Daffodil Fact Sheet

The strong association of the Daffodil with Easter makes an association with “Re-birth” and “New beginnings” more obvious.

 Giving daffodils mostly say, “You’re the only one. The sun is always shining when I’m with you.”

As a spring flower that blossoms when the sun begins to shine, it expresses the joy one has when in the presence of one’s partner, signifying love, regard, and respect.

A woman giving daffodils to a man has noticed that he is chivalrous.

Plant lore tells us that daffodils bring good fortune to the person who avoids trampling on them, so watch where you step!

The daffodil is a featured flower of Spring because it is one of the first perennial blooms we spy with our searching eyes in the spring. This is appropriate on a symbolic level because the daffodil has a trumpet-like look, and so it announces the procession of spring in a bright, trumpeting manner.

Petals: 

There are different breeds, but traditional daffodils have six petals. Six is a harmonic number. In fact, Venus is the governess of the number six and conveys a sense of love. The numerical energy of six also expresses: Temperance, Calm, Truth and Balance.

Colour:
With innovations in growing floral hybrids and variations the Daffodil can come in many colours now, but its traditional hue is yellow. Yellow is associated with the solar plexus chakra, and therefore speaks to us about: Radiance, Centrality, Vitality, Energy, Core issues, Life and even Community. Yellow is also a sun-associated colour, which reminds us of life-giving attributes.

Shape:
As mentioned, the daffodil looks like a trumpet. Symbolic daffodil meanings encourage us to ‘toot our own horns,’ so to speak. This is a time (spring, when the Daffodil is neigh) to announce our souls-growth after a long slumber. Let the music of your spirit ring true through the ethers, make a joyful noise unto the world, and let your inner orchestrations reverberate clear-joy into the realms of awareness.

Scent:
In ancient herbalism and medicine, the scent of the daffodil was used as a kind of intoxicant. It is absolutely enchanting, and relaxing. For those with overactive minds, or anxiety disorders, the smell of the daffodil was said to stupefy the mind – allowing one to mellow out a bit after a stressful experience.

The daffodil had been related to “Esteem”. There is also an old Language of Flowers series circa 1905 that attributes “Regard” to the daffodil.

The Greek myth of Narcissus, the beautiful boy who became enamoured with his own reflection and therefore a connection to “Egotism” and “Vanity”.

So yes, Daffodils symbolizes faith, honesty, clemency, and candour.

 The word “Daffodil” didn’t come into the English language until the 1500s. The old name for daffodil was “Affodyle,” believed to originate with the Old English “Affo dyle,” meaning “that which cometh early.” It ultimately derived from Dutch de affodil meaning “the asphodel”(of Greek mythology).

And it is in asphodel-covered meadows (Homer) that the souls of the dead wandered, and thus the Greek related the flower with death.

According to this legend it was here that Hades captured Persephone after she had strayed from her companions to pick some daffodils.

 Persephone, down in the land of the dead, wore a crown of the flowers.  She wore this crown for ” it is symbolic of the one flower (life) that comes back in the spring, (often the first ‘bulb’ flower to do so besides snow crocus) whose leaves while laying fallow in winter, have actually fed the rhizome under the cold ground, thereby ” increasing the root” while “looking dead.” Persephone IS the return of the light (sun’s longer days that signals that the time of seeming deadness is over….) The little flower she bent down to cup in the field  was likely signalling that it is time for the darkening, the underground time, to begin.” ~

Never give a single daffodil, as bringing a single daffodil into the house will bring misfortune.

Always give a bunch to ensure happiness.

In Wales finding the first daffodil of spring is expected to bring more gold than silver to your life and home during the following 12 months.

  • The Egyptians often hung wreaths of narcissus during funerals.
  • In medieval Europe, it was believed that if a daffodil drooped when you looked at it, it was an omen of death.
  • The daffodil was accepted by the Druids as their national flower, symbolizing purity.

 The Arabians used this flower as an aphrodisiac.

Medieval Arabs used the juice of the walk daffodil as a cure for baldness.

Prince Charles of England is paid one daffodil annually as rent for the unattended lands of the Isles of Scilly.

 

 We call them daffs and know how good they feel around us when we give or receive them.

Enjoy

 

The team

 

The London Flower Lover

 

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14 Responses to The Daffodil Fact Sheet

  1. Thank you. I enjoyed reading this.

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  2. Al says:

    Thank you for this awesome information. I remember when I was a kid and going to Sunday School. Well, the Salvation Army, but on Mother’s Day we were given a daffodil to take home to our mother. My sister and I used to just give our mother the stalk though. We would eat the top of it on the way home ^_^ :mrgreen:

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    • OMG….you are too fun….tooooooooooooo…..love the story it is so full of heart felt love….I think they did that too in our little sunday schools…..wow….how we are all joined in common ways that are designed to bring out the best in us…..thanks for popping by…

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  3. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Daffodils and tulips are two of my favorite flowers, I just wish they stayed in bloom longer in the season.

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  7. Thank you for this blog post It is indeed very helpful

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